4 January 2014, 13:30

Porsche carrying Fast and Furious Paul Walker topped 160 km/h before crashing

Porsche carrying Fast and Furious Paul Walker topped 160 km/h before crashing

The Porsche carrying late Fast and Furious star Paul Walker was doing more than 160 kilometres per hour when it crashed, nearly cutting the high-powered vehicle in half, a coroner's report has revealed.

No drugs or alcohol were found in the bodies of "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas after the fiery car crash that killed them in November, a coroner’s report released on Friday said.

Both Walker, 40, and Rodas, 38, tested negative for alcohol, and drugs including cocaine, opiates and marijuana were not detected, said the report from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

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The report said Roger Rodas, Walker's friend and financial adviser, was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at an unsafe speed, estimated by witnesses to be 100 miles per hour (160km/h) or more. According to the report, Rodas lost control "for unknown reasons" and the car then struck a curb, then a tree and a concrete lamppost and spun around, then hit another tree and burst into flames.

Both deaths were ruled accidents. Walker died from "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries," and Rodas from "multiple traumatic injuries," the report said.

But a sheriff’s spokeswoman said the investigation into the accident has not been completed and there was no definitive finding on the car’s speed.

Walker was in the process of filming "Fast & Furious 7" at the time and production was halted a few days later.

Universal Pictures said last month that the release of the seventh instalment in the highly lucrative franchise would be pushed back by nine months to April, 2015.

"The Fast and the Furious" actor Paul Walker dies in car crash at 40

Actor Paul Walker, who gained fame as an undercover detective in the hugely successful "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, was killed Saturday in a car accident in Valencia, his representatives confirmed. He was 40.

The single vehicle crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop. Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived to find a vehicle engulfed in flames. Two people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Deputies arrived at the scene to find a vehicle on fire, the sheriff's department said in a statement.

Once fire crews put the flames out, they found two occupants, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday evening, all that remained was the burnt mangled metal of the red car and a light pole that had been knocked down.

Speed was a factor in the crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said.

According to a statement on his Twitter account, Walker, 40, was attending a charity event to aid Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan for his organization Reach Out Worldwide, formed in 2010 as a quick response first-aid organization.

"It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide," the statement read.

Voice of Russia, LA Times, CNN, The Globe and Mail, Reuters, Sydney Morning Herald

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